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Analysis and Commentary

Priors And Prejudice

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

When I was in twelfth grade (in Canada, we called it Grade 12), one of the main novels we studied was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I read it once because I was supposed to, twice to be able to answer questions on exams, and the third time because I loved it.

In the News

Is 'The Irishman' Right About Hoffa? US Attorney Promises 'More To Come'

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia ABA Journal
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The U.S. attorney for the office that investigated Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance isn’t relying on the Netflix movie The Irishman for its theories of the case. Nor is a law professor whose stepfather was portrayed as the man who drove Hoffa to his death.

Policy BriefsFeatured

Condoleezza Rice On What Unifies Us As Americans

by Condoleezza Ricevia PolicyEd
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What unifies us as Americans is an aspirational narrative. It does not matter where you come from, only where you are going. The energy, youthfulness, and risk-taking of immigrants who come from all over the world is what has made America what it is today.


The Bookmonger Episode 275: How To Be A Dictator By Frank Dikotter

interview with Frank Diköttervia The Bookmonger
Monday, December 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Frank Dikotter discusses his book How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century.

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Uncommon Knowledge and the Hoover Institution Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

interview with George P. Shultzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 2, 2019


The Hoover Institution Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Uncommon Knowledge And The Hoover Institution Commemorate The 30th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

interview with George P. Shultzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 2, 2019

The Hoover Institution Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Andrew Nagorski at the Berlin Wall, early 1990, shortly after it fell

Timothy Garton Ash: ‘Ideological Competition Is Actually Good For Us’

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia Transitions Online
Friday, November 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash discusses 1989, and looks at the major events of that year, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square protests, and the breakup of Yugoslavia.

The StateFeatured

A California Thanksgiving From Years Past And “The Happiest Years Of Our Lives”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Every holiday has its Scrooge, one supposes, and this week is no different. As proof, I offer this “bah humbug” New Yorker article that delves into the “massacres, myths, and the making of” America’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Analysis and Commentary

Are The Claims In The New Film ‘The Irishman’ True?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has received superb reviews during its limited theater run in advance of its streaming release on Netflix on Nov. 27. The film centers on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran’s supposed “confession” to murdering former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. Several people, including myself, have argued that Sheeran’s confession to killing Hoffa—and many of the other things Sheeran supposedly confessed to as well—are bunk. 

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The Libertarian: Against ‘Common Good Capitalism’

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Marco Rubio’s misguided attempt to upend American economic policy.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.